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Is the digital exam to check prostate still considered

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Is the digital exam to check prostate still considered necessary?
The PSA is the single best test for detection of prostate cancer. Some studies have suggested a benefit from combining rectal examination with PSA testing, however a study published in 2006 did not find additional benefit from performing the rectal examination.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16388507

Here are the official recommendations of the American Urological Association
http://www.auanet.org/content/guidelines-and-quality-care/clinical-guidelines/main-reports/psa09.pdf

(You will see that they are still recommending both on page 13: Men who wish to be screened for prostate cancer should have both a PSA test and a DRE))
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